How to make an online test?

Want to create an online test or exam? You've come to the right place! Just follow the steps below and you'll have a new test in no time!

The first thing you need to do is create an account with us. Once you've done that, you'll see some options in your dashboard: for all accounts, you have the possibility of creating three types of tests – quizzes, exams and assessments – and courses.

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I’ll show you step-by-step, how to create an online test in the video below.


Creating an online test is very easy. Go to the Exam tab in your dashboad and click on ‘create new exam’: A pop-up window will open for you to write the name of your new exam; put a name there (don't worry too much about it, you can change it later) and click on "get started".

Start page

You'll be taken to the first page of your exam. Here you can edit the title of your exam, add an introduction text, choose the language of your test, add an image and edit the text of the start button.


Now you can start adding questions to your test. Just click on "create new question" and a pop-window will open so you can choose a question type to begin with. You can choose between multiple choice, fill in the blanks, free text, image answers (small, medium or large) and video/audio questions.

Not sure which question to choose? The safest pick is "multiple choice". Don't worry, if you still want to, you can change the question type afterwards. And you can have more than one type of question in an exam... =)

For a multiple choice question, you have the option of adding an image, add up to 10 possible answers, mark more than one answer as correct, and add feedback (if you want to).

Finished writing the answer options? Now you can choose to show the answers in the current order or shuffle them.

If you have a long list of questions and don't want to enter them one by one, no problem. You can import your questions by bulk with an Excel file.


Now, let's go to the "Behavior" tab. Here you can make sure your online test behaves exactly like you want it to 😅

So, the settings include many options that you can choose from: making it possible for your users to change answers or not, proceed to the next question immediately or click on "next" for that, add a time limit for the whole test or per question, show explanations (feedback) after the user answers the question and randomize the questions.


Here we'll create pass/fail categories for your test.

You can create as many categories as you wish, but a simple solution is to just keep two categories there, one "pass" and one "fail". You can adjust the settings for your "pass" category by clicking on the "pencil" icon next to the percentage.

You can even choose to issue a certificate if a user passes your exam. 


Your tests takers can receive an automatically generated certificate if they pass your exam ✨ (this feature is available for Business Owls and above).

It's possible to choose from the templates we have available or even create your own certificate with our certificate editor. Super nice, huh? 😎


The next step is the "Styling" tab. There you can make some changes in your test to make it match your brand or personal style. And you can even add your own logo and background image.

If you're not happy with the standard layout and styling options, it's still possible to edit the CSS and make some custom changes to make your exam look even more awesome (this feature is available for our Corporate Owl plans)

Result Page

Next step is customizing your "Result Page". To be able to change the settings of the result page you need to have a Business Owl plan or above.

There are three layout options to choose from: Feedback, Basic and Leaderboard. 

  • Feedback: by choosing this option, you can show questions, answers, explanations for each, and scores.
  • Basic: this is a standard result page where no extra info is given. You can choose this option to thank your users for taking the test and if you do not want them to see the results just yet.
  • Leaderboard: this option allows your participants to see how their measure up to their colleagues. Depending on their score and how long they took to take the exam, they can have higher or lower positions in the Leaderboard.

Just choose the option you are more comfortable with.

We're done creating (but you can always go back and edit your exam). Now, click on the title of your exam to go back to the dashboard.



Click on "Access" so you can edit the settings and determine who can have access to your online test. If you select the 1st option: "Anyone with the link", any person who has the link can access this exam (I'll show you where to find this link in just a moment).

The 2nd option: "A predefined group of users" allows you to add users (one by one or via import) and have the system automatically send them emails with a unique link and password in order to take your exam.

In the field "When is this exam open for users?" You can limit the availability of your exam to a specific time frame.

User Data

On to the next tab "User Data". Here you can edit the settings for your login page. You can make it mandatory or optional for users to login, ask them a few or a lot of questions and even create your own questions (to be able to ask extra questions at the login page, you need to have a Business Owl plan or above).


Here you can add things you want your users to agree upon or accept before taking your test. That can include Terms & Conditions or some checkboxes, like "I agree to receive emails from this company" and so on.


You can adjust the social media sharing settings for your exam here.


Next step, the "Publish" tab. Under the "share" subtab you'll find the URL to share your test with "anyone with the link" (please review the instructions for the "Access" tab above). You can copy and paste this URL into an email, social media post, WhatsApp message, and so on.

You can also click on those little buttons below the URL to share it directly on social media, and tick the checkbox (or not) to allow your test to be found by Google.

In the "Embed" subtab you can find the code for embedding your exam into your website.

Send Email

Finally, the final tab of the "Share" process is the "Send email" tab. You'll only edit this tab if you choose to share your exam to "a predefined group of users" in the "Access" tab.



After you finished creating and sharing your online test with your audience, it's time to take a look at the results and statistics. Depending on the user information you asked for at the login page, you'll have your test results associated with that info.

You can even export the results into an Excel file, and if you click on "view details" you can see the results per person with a list of all their answers, user details and result per category.

That's all... or... at least for now. I hope you could understand how to make your own online test. You can use this guide as reference whenever you need.

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